Farnet, a LAN connecting 10 Northland schools, was officially launched last week by Education Minister Trevor Mallard.
Farnet is one of several IT education projects being carried out under the ministry's DOP (digital opportunities protocol) scheme and, Mallard says, "will give the schools the opportunity to experience the benefit of ICT [information communication technology] as an aid to teaching and learning".
Farnet already operates an area within the ministry's TKI (Te Kete Ipurangi) website where resources are exchanged and ideas debated, according to a newsletter published by Compaq, one of the sponsors of the project.
Mallard says that under Farnet, 150 computers and notebooks are networked together for the benefit of the schools.
The schools are Bay of Islands College, Kaitaia College, Northland College in Kaikohe, Kerikeri High School, Okaihau College, Broadwood Area School, Opononi Area School, Panguru Area School, Whangaroa College and Taipa Area School.
Other DOP projects include Notebook Valley, under which senior students at several Hutt Valley high schools are provided with notebooks.
DOP sponsors include Compaq, IBM, Renaissance, Microsoft and TelstraSaturn.